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CAES Respect Club Helps Children Around the World

Two representatives of the Respect Club of the Chester Andover Elementary School and their Advisor, Rotarian Becky Plunkard, were guests at a recent meeting of the Chester Rotary Club, Chester, Vermont. The CAES Respect Club members had decided to help children throughout the world and wanted to ask the club for help raising money.

Plunkard had read about "First Sight" in the Rotarian Magazine. First Sight provides eyeglass kits to developing countries with which the average person can test, fit and give a child a pair of eyeglasses.

The Respect Club children decided to set a goal to provide 100 eyeglass kits. This is the equivalent of a whole school in a developing country. The inexpensive kits cost $3.75 each.

The President of the Chester Rotary Club, Ed Knapp, asked the Respect Club kids, "How many eyeglass kits have you been able to raise money to purchase?" The answer was that they raised enough money for half of their goal of 100 kits.

At Knapp's request the members of the Chester Rotary Club's Board of Directors unanimously agreed to match the money raised by the kids enabling them to meet their goal. "We are delighted that the Chester Rotary Club has helped us with reaching our goal", said Plunkard. For anyone interested, First Sight has a website at www.first-sight.org.

If you would like to know more about the Chester Rotary Club or Rotary International in general, contact us at chesterrotary@gmail.com

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